Won by 106 runs.
Pilgrims 243 (S Walsh 101 not out). Canford Cygnets 137.
Following a winning draw against the Town on the Monday and wins thereafter against a strong MCC side, the Bryanston Butterflies, and the Claysmore Cormorants, we approached their final match of the 2016 Week with much confidence that they could perform well, despite a number of walking-wounded from the previous night’s scrimmaging.
The wicket had been a road all week but with a downpour just before the 11.30am start and, following F Taylor customarily losing the toss, Canford decided to put us into bat. The decision proved to be a reasonable one with the bowl nipping around and conditions favouring the bowling side early on. The opening pair of Jamieson and F Taylor found it tough to score with the former falling for 0 and the latter, who, having scored 201 runs in the previous three innings, was in decent form, falling for 14. Simon Walsh proved the hero of the innings however scoring one of the finest hundreds seen on the Upper in a long while. His chanceless 101 not out came off 111 balls in very tough conditions against bowlers who were moving it around and putting it in the right places. He was a superb anchor to The Pilgrims’ innings with O Nott (24) and F Hughes-Onlsow (42) playing aggressively around him to get us up to a very competitive total of 243 off our 50 overs.
Although our total was competitive, we knew we would have to bowl and field well to win the match and that is exactly what manifested. C Carr-Smith and A Nurton opened the bowling superbly with figures of 3 for 25 and 2 for 20 respectively. Given that it was the end of a long, albeit excellent week we fielded with a good intensity, catching well, putting the opposition under pressure, and ultimately bowling Canford out for 137 to wrap up a fine week of cricket .